Research proves that regular exercise can offer many psychological and physiological benefits. Feeling psychologically (mentally) good makes life a lot more enjoyable. A bad day at work, an argument with your partner, financial issues etc. can lead to increased levels of stress.
Stress can be defined as ‘an imbalance in physiological systems that activates physiological and behavioural responses to restore balance.’
All people experience different levels of stress in everyday life and it depends entirely on the person how well they are at dealing with the stress. Constant high levels of stress can be linked with depression … obviously something we would like to avoid!
So how can we reduce these levels of stress … Yep you guessed it EXERCISE!!!
Stress relief exercises release the pent up energy that the stress response can create. With some types of exercise you can release your body’s feel good chemicals, increasing your happiness levels, muscle relaxing exercises and deep breathing exercises can help lower levels of stress.
So how does exercise reduce stress?
- Relaxes the muscles
- Utilizes the stress hormones
- Uses fat and cholesterol
- Reduces pent up frustration
- Take your mind off problems
- Improve appearance
- Provide social support
- Reduce the impact of illness
- Improve your resiliency to stress
Just another reason as to why exercise can benefit your life in a positive way.